'Welcome home,' Biden tells 1st group of Afghans resettling in U.S.
News/World: The first flight of Afghans who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan over the past two decades brought more than 200 people, scores of them children and babies in arms, to new lives in the United States on Friday, and President Joe Biden said he was proud to welcome them home.
What about social distancing? CDC brings back masks for vaccinated, but not other pandemic restriction
New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for fully vaccinated people in light of the delta variant do not include a social distancing recommendation for most people, as cities and states grapple with how, or whether, to implement the agency's latest proclamation.
House Republicans push CDC for mask guidance data, metrics on when agency will rescind recommendation
A group of House Republicans is pushing for more transparency for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the data behind its most recent mask guidance for vaccinated people and what metrics it will need to see to rescind the controversial recommendation.
James Lankford's vote on January 6 sparks backlash in Trump country
Sen. James Lankford stood on the Senate floor in the afternoon of January 6, explaining why he opposed certifying Joe Biden's presidential victory. He said that there was a "constitutional crisis in our country" not because many Republicans rejected the election's verdict, but because "millions of Americans are being told to sit down and shut up."
Afghans who risked lives to help American troops set to arrive in US
The first group of translators and interpreters who helped US soldiers and diplomats in Afghanistan are set to arrive in the US on Friday, even as thousands more wait in Afghanistan in increasing fear of Taliban reprisals.
Political violence related to COVID-19 could lead to 'unravelling of societies' worldwide, observers say
News/World: From South Africa to Cuba, Haiti to Lebanon, we are seeing some of the biggest riots, protests and challenges to governments in decades. Many seem to be sparked by the economic and social impacts of COVID-19 and government attempts to contain it, writes Saša Petricic.
Biden opens up new front in Covid-19 vaccination war as concerns over variant deepen
President Joe Biden has launched a new, more aggressive campaign to vaccinate Americans against Covid-19, headlined by a new requirement that all employees of the federal government -- the country's largest workforce -- either get the shot or face the prospect of an onerous mitigation regimen.
Runaway Texas Democrats in DC get pep talks from Stacey Abrams, the Clintons
As a group of runaway Texas Democrats continued their stay in Washington, D.C., they reportedly received a video pep talk from Democratic activist Stacey Abrams on Thursday – and also reportedly met with Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Pentagon call COVID-19 a threat to national security, weighs making vaccinations a requirement
The coronavirus pandemic is a national security threat and the Pentagon is considering adding COVID-19 vaccines to “the full list of requirements for military personnel,” according to a statement late Thursday.